Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.

Every year, we help hundreds of people in East Calder, West Lothian and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you sustained an injury:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury, whether a minor was injured or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.

Can a child claim injury compensation?

Whether you were injured on a playground, at school, or anywhere else, you can start a claim at any point until your 21st birthday.

As an injured child's parent or guardian, you can instruct a solicitor to start a compensation claim on behalf of the child.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in East Calder

All road users owe a duty of care to all other road users. If you have suffered a road injury in East Calder, or anywhere else in the UK, we can help you claim the no win, no fee compensation you need.

whether you were hurt in a car crash on a roundabout, or were injured in a hit-and-run, we can help. This guide explains what you need to do to make aroad accident claim.

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Road accident compensation claims

East Calder work accident claims

If you were injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whether your accident occurred while you were working as a security officer or a retail worker, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

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Work accident claims

East Calder clinical negligence claims

When a patient sustains an injury or illness due to a doctor or other medical professional's lack of care, it may be possible to claim clinical negligence compensation. If you have been affected by medical negligence, we can help you claim compensation from one of the clinics and NHS trusts covering East Calder.

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Clinical negligence compensation

East Calder Occupiers liability injury claims

An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.

Whether you were injured on an uneven pavement or on a slippery floor at a supermarket, and another party was to blame, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public place we can help you make an injury claim for financial compensation.

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Occupier's liability injury claims

Serious injury claims

Any major injury or long-term health condition that has had a life-altering impact may be referred to as a 'serious injury'. Examples include spinal and skull fractures, complex fractures and serious head trauma. Loss of sight, other injuries to the senses, and long-term health issues are also considered to be life-altering injuries.

Our panel of expert catastrophic injury solicitors understand the difference compensation can make to the lives of severely injured claimants.

Compensation will ease the financial burden and reduce stress, so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Your solicitor will work with insurance providers and medical professionals, to help you get the support you need.

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Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in East Calder, and across the UK.

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East Calder No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

East Calder injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in East Calder, West Lothian and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer before the claim process starts.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure you will have nothing to pay.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in East Calder and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Have you helped many claimants in East Calder?

Each year, we help hundreds of injured people in East Calder, West Lothian and across the country.

Whether you have been injured due to medical negligence or in a car crash we can introduce you to the right solicitor for your claim.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

East Calder personal injury solicitor reviews

The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm. Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family can help you select which solicitor is the right fit for your claim.

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Personal injury lawyer reviews

What are the road accident statistics in East Calder?

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee solicitors are experienced in negotiating maximum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in East Calder.

Accidents involving drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users in East Calder are reasonably common. Official gov.uk data for 2021 shows there were 249 road accidents in West Lothian. There were 183 slight accidents, 61 accidents and 5 fatal accidents in 2021. Incidents in the East Calder region in 2013 included car crashes on the A71 and A899 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B8046 and B7015 junction.

East Calder work accident statistics

Official HSE statstics show that there were 0 fatal and 170 non-fatal work accidents in West Lothian in 2021 (118 led to 7+ days off work).

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

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Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

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Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator